Sixty years ago, on March 27, 1951, the Manteca High baseball team broke out in a rash of extra-base hits to overwhelm Ceres High 16-0 on the local diamond. Along with the finest sample of hitting shown by the local nine this year was the fine pitching performance of Larry Brashear. Brashear gave up but four hits. Ray Dellavecchia pounded out two triples and a double and Charles Snyder also had three for three for the Buffaloes.
Fifty years ago, on March 17, 1961, the Lodi High Flames showed why they are rated as the top prep baseball club in the area by taking a close 2-0 win from Manteca High in Lodi. Manteca's Tim Brumley turned in a good performance in limiting the hard-hitting Flames to four hits, but Lodi's Don Webster was also stingy and held the locals to only two hits. The closest the Buffaloes came to scoring was the fifth inning when they loaded the bases with two outs. John Holbrook then smashed a long drive to deep right center, but ...
10 years ago: March 24, 2001 - Strong pitching by both baseball teams kept the bases clear for much of the game as visiting Los Banos High edged Manteca High 1-0 on Friday. The Buffaloes cracked out six hits in the loss as Ryan Cardoza's two doubles were wasted.
20 years ago: March 9, 1991 - East Union High baseball coach Darrell Hardcastle used all 19 of his players en route to an 11-1 romp over visiting Edison High yesterday. The bench supplied six of the Lancers' 10 hits and scored five runs. Mike Costa pitched the first six innings, allowing just one run on seven hits to earn the win. Eric Simoni, Clint Colwell and Brian Bettencourt each had a pair of hits for EU. Simoni scored three times.
Seventy years ago, on March 14, 1941, Manteca's high school baseball squad will open its 1941 season here this afternoon when it tangles with the first squad that Escalon High has sent out in the last seven years to contest other teams. Coach Larry Siemering gives the probable players to start on his powerful nine as follows: catcher, Nick Baturin; pitcher, Lou Bronzan; first base, John Poulos; second base, "Murph" Theiler; shortstop, James Miniaci; third base, Jack Liebhart; left field, Fredrick Hubbard; center, Willard Rieger; and either Bob Bordenave or Orange in right field.
20 years ago: March 5, 1991 - Manteca High held its annual winter social Monday night, awarding athletes in each sport with plaques of recognition. MHS Athletic Director Walker Vick presented the MHS/VOL Scholar Athlete awards to the Buffaloes who had maintained a grade point average of over 3.7 while participating in varsity athletics. Two-sport participants included Erin Lathrop (volleyball and basketball), Sue Nunes (tennis and basketball) and Peter Smith (football and wrestling). In baseball, James Harvey and Paul Gutierrez were named co-MVP's. In girls soccer, Jenna Asprey was named MVP; Vince Elliott received the award for wrestling ...
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20 years ago: February 23, 1991 - The Manteca High baseball team exploded for six runs in the top of the seventh inning to win its season opener at Franklin High in Stockton 6-1 on Friday. The big hit was a bases-loaded double by Bobby Magnuson, which drove in three runs. He had another double to lead the Buffalo hitters. Coach Jack Thomson praised Buff starting pitcher Jared Murillo, who pitched four innings, struck out six and walked only one.
Eighty years ago, on February 20, 1931, Manteca High School dropped a hotly-contested game to the Oakdale High cagers by the score of 19-17. This contest decided the San Joaquin-Stanislaus C.I.F. championship. Harold Reeves, veteran guard for the Buffaloes, proved a star by looping several difficult shots and outwitting the Mustangs. He was Buffalo high point man with nine markers. Too much credit cannot be given Coach Aubrey Laws who, during his first year of basketball coaching at Manteca HIgh, molded a team from green players and shoved them to the top. This was the first time in ...
10 years ago: February 24, 2001 - East Union High senior Sergio Lopez wrestled his way into the semi-finals of the Sac-Joaquin Section tournament on Friday, being the only local prep wrestler to advance. Lopez, at the 127-pound weight class, won both of his matches on 6-1 and 5-1 decisions. He will face an opponent from Golden Sierra High on Saturday.
Seventy years ago, on February 7, 1941, Manteca High hit the winning stride in the Manteca High School gym. The Buffaloes defeated Ceres High, who had previously overpowered the local quintet, the local varsity winning their game, 35 to 33 in an exicting overtime tussle. In the extra three minutes, "Sleepy" Poulos sank a nice field basket to put the game on ice 35 to 33. High-point man for the Buffalo squad, Ken Drury, had seven buckets for a total of 14 points and Glen Bale was next with 10 points.
1991: EU cruises by Buffs in VOL basketball
Seventy years ago, on February 7, 1941, Manteca High hit the winning stride in the Manteca High School gym. The Buffaloes defeated Ceres High, who had previously overpowered the local quintet, the local varsity winning their game 35 to 33 in an exciting overtime tussle. In the extra three minutes, "Sleepy" Poulos sank a nice field basket to put the game on ice, 35 to 33. High point man for the Buffalo squad, Ken Drury, had seven buckets for a total of 14 points, and Glen Bale was next with 10 points.
20 years ago: January 26, 1991 - Underdog Manteca High stayed right with its highly-regarded neighbors from East Union High Friday night, but couldn't overcome seven three-pointers by the Lancers, finally going down 58-50 in a boys' basketball matchup at Winter Gym. EU stayed atop the VOL standings with a perfect 3-0 record to go with their overall mark of 18-3. Meanwhile, the Buffaloes who stayed perfect in the sense that they dropped to 0-3 in the league and 7-13 on the season. Armando Avina and Eric Simoni led all scorers with 17 points apiece for Coach Bill Stricker's ...
Seventy years ago, on January 28, 1941, for the first time to date in this year's basketball season, the Manteca High cagers won a game played on the local high school floor. In a return practice tilt with Ripon High, the Buffaloes avenged the defeat they suffered at the hands of the Indians by giving the over-confident Ripon outfit a 46 to 27 smearing in just one more "wild" game which featured the beautiful field shooting of Glen Bale and Jim Poulos and sure sucker shots of small but tricky and fast Ken Drury. Starring for the Buffaloes were ...
Forty years ago, on February 25, 1974, using the clutch foul-shooting of Pat Pagnucci and Ron Barretto over the final two minutes, East Union High made it three straight wins over Manteca High this season with a narrow 68-65 decision in the Buffalo gym. The star for the Lancers was their junior center, Ray Miller, who was tower of strength, snatching a game-high 22 rebounds and 14 points. Matneca High's Kevin Allsup took the scoring honors for the game as he pumped in 23 points and devoured 18 rebounds. For the winners, Bob Acoba netted 14 points and Pagnucci ...
Ninety years ago, on February 1, 1924, in the roughest game of basketball seen this year, Manteca High lost to Modesto High by a 25 to 15 score in the Modesto gymnasium. "Dutch" Washington, as usual, was high point man for Manteca, making eight markers. Dutch made a hard fight but poor lighting in the Modesto gymnasium affected his eye because all his shots were hitting the ring, and he was actually robbed several times. Otherwise, the Manteca quintet would have brought home the bacon.
Thirty years ago, on January 22, 1984, amid boos and catcalls from the Modesto High fans, Coach Bill Stricker and East Union High's basketball team instituted a slowdown offense that put up only one shot over the first three quarters and didn't come up with a point until Marty Ott hit a free throw midway through the fourth quarter. Stricker's strategy didn't work though as the 36-3 final score suggests Modesto owns a 23-1 season mark.
Thirty years ago, on January 15, 1984, Manteca High provided the heat at Winter Gym and it was too much for cross-town rival East Union High as the Buffaloes s streaked to a 59-42 Valley Oak League victory before a standing-room-only gathering. EU had 23 turnovers and was a poor 14 of 33 shots from the free throw line. Bert Van Ryn led the winners with 17 points, while Paul Brogan had 14 and Pete Nelson and Cal Farrow added 12 and 10 points, respectively. Jeff Hammond led the Lancers with 17 points and Paul Emperador finished with 14.
Eighty years ago, on December 29, 1933, making a great comeback in the second half, the Manteca High cagers won their first game of the season by defeating the strong Livermore High quintet in a thrilling game by a 28-27 score. The game was played at Livermore. Gust Lourentzos was high point man for Manteca with nine points. Captain Tom Forsell and Milo Candini played good games at the guard positions.
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